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Title:Gender Again: Views of Female Agricultural Extension Officers by Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania
Authors:Due, Jean M.ISNI
Magayane, Flavianus
Temu, Anna A.
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Tanzania
agricultural extension
small farms
Women's Issues
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Education and Training
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(96)00129-5
Abstract:Tanzania attempts to have a village extension officer (VEO) in every village. Until recent years most of the VEOs were male. Research indicated that male VEOs did not often visit female farmers and male farmers frequently did not bring extension information home to their wives. Since women contribute more of the agricultural labour than men, it was recommended that female VEOs be hired. Now one-third of the VEOs are female and males and females have the same training. What is the attitude of male and female smallholder farmers toward female VEOs? Do they find them equally effective in providing information? Which gender do they prefer and why? Is the modified training and visit extension system working? Since privatization is underway in the country, do farmers want information other than on crops and livestock, which is the current emphasis? The authors interviewed 240 male and female farmers in Morogoro region in October 1995 to ascertain their responses to these and other questions on agricultural extension. Bibliogr., sum.